Our served agencies are accustomed to utilizing direct (i.e. person-to-person) and virtually instantaneous communications to conduct their operations. These means of communication (e.g. the telephone, email with attachments, and instant messaging through a wide variety of platforms) depend upon extensive, and often fragile, infrastructure which can be disrupted during incidents ranging in scale from a localized fiber-optic cable cut to regional severe weather events.
As past FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, said in Ham Radio Now Emcomm Extra #8, when an incident occurs “they just want their email to work.”
Traditional public service (aka Emcomm) messaging often does not meet the expectations of today’s served agencies (our customers). Amateur Radio operators typically utilize indirect communication paths with paper forms for origination / delivery and transcription style transfer methods (e.g. voice or CW); this is not the direct style of communication preferred by our customers.
Those who were unable to attend the Fargo and Sabin SKYWARN® classes may wish to visit the NWS WFO Grand Forks, ND page to learn about other 2017 Spotter Training Sessions in the Red River Valley.
- 19:00 Meeting called to order
- Introductions of members
- Approve order of agenda
There are two SKYWARN® training opportunities in the Fargo/Moorhead area in March 2017:
These free classes, presented by the National Weather Service, will train First Responders, Amateur Radio Operators, and members of the public as SKYWARN® weather spotters. They are also an opportunity for current spotters to refresh their skills.
Participants will learn about: